- Hardcover: 223 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education TAB; 4 edition (November 22, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 007069429X
- ISBN-13: 978-0070694293
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Designing, Building, and Testing Your Own Speaker System with Projects 4th Edition
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Build Your Own Deluxe Speakers! Thousands of hobbyists, students, and electronics salespeople and technicians have turned to this best-selling guide for expert advice and a collection of simple-to-advanced speaker system projects. Now in its fourth edition, it continues to set the standard for accessible, up-to-the-minute guidance, building, and testing speakers that sound as good as any system you can buy-for hundreds less!. Inside, you get full details on a valuable new computer program that helps you create top-flight speaker systems while avoiding complicated mathematical equations and errors. With the included coupon, you can order the program at a significant savings over the regular price. Also new to this edition are improved speaker tests, expanded information on crossover networks, practical dimension charts, techniques for designing double-chamber reflex enclosures, and more. The book provides you with concise, step-by-step instructions for building speakers, and teaches you how to: Choose speakers that are best suited for various specific uses; Set up a home system that will give you optimal performance; Critically evaluate speakers by ear if you lack test equipment. The included list of driver and system components suppliers helps you get started right away.
About the Author
David B. Weems is an acknowledged expert in speaker systems and speaker enclosures. He has written several books, including all four editions of Designing, Building, and Testing Your Own Speaker Systems―with Projects and the first edition of this volume. Weems also has contributed numerous articles on speaker systems to such widely read electronics publications as Audio, High Fidelity, Popular Electronics, Radio Electronics, and Speaker Builder. G. R. Koonce is a member of the Audio Engineering Society and contributes many articles to Speaker Builder magazine.
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The 4th edition has been edited to the fundamental information required to design loudspeakers. In addition, Mr. Weems added design information on 3rd and 4th order cross over networks and added the governing equations to determine fb, f3 and Vb for closed and vented boxes. The BASIC source code for programs to design speaker and cross overs is also provided. Yea, the BASIC code is a little dated since most operating systems don't have a BASIC interpreter these days. I would like to see the programs downloadable (preferably in VB), but I have used the source code and the equations to write make my own VB application.
Weems provides both exact solutions (for math lovers), and the "minimal math" approach as well. Either way, you need to do "some" math to correctly design a loudspeaker enclosure. Most folks, who have mastered high school algebra and can solve simple equations, should be able to use the charts and graphs and design boxes and cross over networks.
I recommend this book for everyone from pro's to beginners. For the Physicists and Engineers out there, you may be a little disappointed that the derivation of the solutions are not presented. For beginners, if the design task seems overwhelming, this book will provide a great foundation to buy a kit from one of the online retailers. Either way, if I had to choose one speaker building book, this would be the one.